All posts tagged: Cookery Class

A potato tasting challenge with Billy & Jack and Idahoan

My blog might be called ‘Got to Be Gourmet’ but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the more comforting foods in life. When I was a kid, one of my absolute favourite things to eat was ‘tuna and mash’ (and I’m not talking about freshly mashed up organic potatoes from the fields surrounding our house in rural Yorkshire. Oh, no. I’m talking the powdered variety!) I must admit, I hadn’t tucked into this particular food stuff since then (although I have a vague recollection of there being a bit of a phase at Uni!) so when I was invited to an event by Idahoan recently, I was more than a little intrigued. The food snob in me might have scoffed at going to an event about ‘powdered’ potato. But it sounded particularly interesting – Billy and Jack, MasterChef finalists (who I just adored during that particular series) and now successful supper club hosts, were going to cook a dinner with multiple courses, some of which would include Idahoan potato and some of which would include …

iPhone Food Photography Class with Patricia Niven at Ginger Whisk

In recent times I’ve abandoned my iPhone when it comes to taking photos for the blog or Instagram – the snaps just never feel high quality enough, and I don’t feel like I can really achieve what I want to on a phone. So I was really intrigued when I heard about a new food photography class taking place at the recently opened Ginger Whisk in Chiswick which would focus solely on how to get a good snap on your mobile. They describe themselves as a ‘creative foodie hub’ in West London offering prop hire, photography, studio hire, event space hire, production services and a cooking school – it sounded like a dream to me! You can find out more about the business in this little video: The class took place on a Saturday morning last month and was hosted by Patricia Niven who I was really excited to meet – she’s a well respected food and portrait photographer, and I couldn’t wait to hear her hints and tips! Now please bear in mind that …

A Day At River Cottage With Foodies100

A couple of weeks ago, I had the exciting opportunity to visit River Cottage for the day, with over 50 other Foodies100 bloggers. I travelled down to Axminster after work the night before and stayed in a lovely little B&B called Kerrington House. I say little, my ‘room’ was enormous, more of an apartment really, with a separate living room and kitchen. I wished I was staying there for longer! In the morning I headed over to River Cottage and met all of the other bloggers in the top car park, where we learned we would be driven down to the farm by tractor! This was of course a fun experience, with everyone bumping and rocking around in the trailer, I just wondered if they also do this for the weddings they host at the venue! If anyone reading doesn’t know about River Cottage, let me give you a bit of background. It was originally established by celebrity chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, after his early smallholding experiences were documented in the Channel 4 River Cottage TV series, …